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Martian Microphone Will Fly Again.
April 3, 2001
Astronomers Spot Most Distant Supernova
NASA Prepares for the Next Robot Probe to Mars
Martian Microphone Will Fly Again
ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST DISTANT SUPERNOVA
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomers have discovered a supernova that exploded 10 billion years ago - the most distant every discovered. The discovery of supernova 1997ff also helps to reinforce the theory that the Universe's expansion is actually speeding up. Analysis of light from the supernova confirms that expansion of the early universe first slowed, and then accelerated as the repulsive force of "dark energy" overcame the effects of gravity.
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NASA PREPARES FOR THE NEXT ROBOT PROBE TO MARS
After two failed missions in the last 18 months, NASA is just about ready to try its luck again with the Red Planet. The new orbiter, Mars Odyssey, is currently on the pad at Cape Canaveral, and if all goes well, it will launch Friday on board a Delta 2 rocket, on track to reach Mars in October, and begin scientific observation of the planet in January 2002. Once in orbit, the spacecraft determine what chemical elements and minerals make up the Martian surface and whether any shallow buried ice exists.
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MARTIAN MICROPHONE WILL FLY AGAIN
When the Mars Polar Lander went missing in 1999, the Planetary Society's Martian microphone - designed to hear what it sounds like on Mars - went missing too. Fortunately, the Society has found another ride to Mars, this time on board a French spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch in 2007. The microphone was designed by the University of California, Berkeley, and should pick up any sounds on Mars, including wind, shifting sand, and the machinery of the spacecraft itself.
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